Trina Taylor is a singer/songwriter from New York who has been able to jump-start a career in the music industry in a strikingly short amount of time. From picking up a guitar for the first time to performing in front of a live audience, Trina has accomplished many milestones in four years, and continues to take on any goal she has set before her.
Trina Taylor currently resides in Nashville and works with a number of top songwriters and producers in the industry. Her talent and strong networking abilities have landed the unique opportunity to work with legends in the music industry such as Duane Hitchings, David Rivkin (David Z) and Doug Beiden. Together with Doug Beiden, she produced her first CD, Natural High, from which two of her songs were nominated for an award in the 17th Annual Los Angeles Music Awards. This CD caught the attention of producer David Z with whom she has been working with ever since. Trina Taylor is currently producing her second full CD with David Z.
As a little girl, Trina didn’t have the luxury of coming home to a white picket fence and “Playskool” swing set. Instead, she constantly traveled from one dingy motel to the next as her parents toured the country playing music. The result of this lifestyle would prove to leave a bittersweet taste, placing hopes of a better life ahead.
After living most of her adolescent life on the road with her musician parents, Trina set out to find a different career path. However, when she found herself a single mother at the age of 21, she knew that the stability to which she had been searching for went from a questionable destiny, to a priority. She had been living in the dreaded cracks of the economic system where she was too wealthy for welfare, but too poor for anything more than subsistence. After two years in these conditions, a recruiter set an interview up for Trina, which then landed her a job working under Lee S. Ainslie III at Maverick Capital in Dallas, a multi-billion dollar Hedge Fund. Shortly after being hired, she was uprooted to New York City. It was there that for the next ten years Trina would develop a sharp business mind, working in high stakes situations where there was no room for error. In fact, it was thought by many, including the President/Founder (Lee S. Ainslie III) of the entire establishment, that Trina was the “nucleus” of the company. Mr. Lee Ainslie describes her as his second mind; she held everything in order and was the “go-to” person for any task.
Although her new life would supply her with stability and a comfortable income, Trina found herself building a life that was not her own. Following the tragic events of 9/11, Trina began realizing a new direction for herself. Stranded in her apartment due to the city lockdown, Trina began reflecting her life thus far; she recognized materialistic achievements, which had been defining her stability and success, but lacked substance. She flipped through channels trying to avoid all the devastating news stories when she came upon a live music telethon entitled An American Tribute to Heroes. She witnessed the powerful voice of Eddie Vedder perform a song called ‘The Long Road Home’. Watching in tears, she would realize her eventual calling: to affect people with music the way that she had just been affected. A million negative questions entered her excited yet nervous mind:
Was it too late to start over?
Was it too late to learn an instrument?
Is it only a pipe dream?
Was she setting herself up for failure?
On all accounts, she voted no. Less than three years later, during which she taught herself to play guitar, wrote songs, and performed throughout New York City, Trina quit her high-profile job at the hedge fund, packed her and her daughter’s belongings, cashed out on her retirement funds, and made her way to Nashville.
Through a chain of events, Trina would capture the attention of a Grammy Award Winning Producer, David Rivkin (David Z), with whom she is currently working.
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